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Selected Events in Trade Union History Maritime Strike (ii) (1890)



Maritime workers go on strike from August to November. The Mercantile Marine Officers, through the Trades Hall Council of Melbourne, issue a manifesto of grievances including inadequate salaries and uninterrupted work periods lasting up to thirty hours. Attempts at a peaceful settlement are frustrated by employers.
Wage cuts follow the end of the strike.

Published resources


  • Svenson, S., Industrial War: The Great Strikes 1890-94, Ram Press, Wollongong, 1995, 107 pp. Details

Edited Books

  • Murphy, D.J. (ed.), The Big Strikes, Queensland 1889-1965, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, Queensland, 1983, 303 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Fredman, L.E., 'A Note on Henry Hyde Champion and the Maritime Strike of 1890', Labour History, vol. 11, 1966, pp. 62-65. Details
  • Merritt, J.A., 'W.G. Spence and the 1890 Maritime Strike', Historical Studies: Australia and New Zealand, vol. 15, no. 60, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1973, pp. 594-609. Details
  • Walker, R.B., 'The Maritime Strikes in South Australia, 1887 and 1890', Labour History, vol. 14, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney, 1968, pp. 3-12. Details

Bruce A. Smith